(Ed. Note: For additional photos from the Western Maine Conference meet, please see the web version of this story at theforecaster.net)
Yarmouth High School played host to the Western Maine Conference outdoor track championships Saturday.
All five local schools were very impressive and produced several event winners.
In Division I, Greely’s girls came in first for the second straight spring, scoring 152 points to easily outdistance York (101). Falmouth (83) was third.
The Rangers got wins from Jessica Wilson in the 800 (2 minutes, 28.01 seconds), Kirstin Sandreuter in the mile (5:11.31) and two-mile (11:36.98), Abby Bonnevie in the pole vault (9 feet, 6 inches), Emily Saunders in the triple jump (35-5.25) and the 3,200 relay team (10:11.52).
Eva Bates came in second in the two-mile (12:09.23), Hannah Keisman was runner-up in the long jump (15-8.5), Sarah Ingraham placed second in the triple jump (32-00.25), Gwen Sawyer was runner-up in the shot put (33-11.5) and Cassidy Storey was second in the discus (91 feet).
Melissa Jacques placed third in the 800 (2:35.12). Kaley Sawyer was third in the triple jump (31-8.5) and sixth in the long jump (14-6.5). Saunders placed third in the long jump (15-6) and sixth in the high jump (4-8). Catherine Fellows finished third in the shot put (33-7.75) and fourth in the discus (84-7). Emily Curato was fourth in the pole vault (7-6), Ingraham was fifth in the long jump (15-00.50). Deanna Barry came in fifth in the pole vault (7-6). Storey was fifth in the shot put (31-4.5). Nina Oberg placed sixth in the pole vault (7-6). Shannon Fitzpatrick was sixth in the 100 hurdles (19.04 second).
Greely was also third in the 1,600 (4:22.11) and fourth in the 400 (55.12) relays.
The Yachtsmen featured event winners Charlotte Cutshall in the long jump (16-2) and Jenna Serunian in the shot put (39-6.5) and discus (95-3).
Nevada Horne was runner-up in the pole vault (8-6) and fifth in the 100 hurdles (18.53). Catherine Hebson placed third in the mile (5:30.31) and fifth in the two-mile (12:25.14). Olivia Baranowski finished fourth in the 100 hurdles (18.27). Molly Paris was fourth in the two-mile (12:17.20). Emily Rand finished fourth in the 400 (1:05.09). Jena Mannette placed fifth in the 400 (1:05.38). Cutshall was fifth in the 100 (13.58). Olivia Hoch came in fifth in the 800 (2:35.34). Emma Van Wickler came in sixth in the 100 (13.76). Denali Nalamalapu was sixth in the 800 (2:36.74). Elizabeth Cattell placed sixth in the mile (5:39.77).
Falmouth’s 400 (53.8) and 3,200 (10:24.76) relay teams were both third. The 1,600 squad (4:25.61) placed fifth .
“I expected Greely’s girls to win,” said Yachtsmen coach Danny Paul. “Jenna Serunian, Charlotte Cutshall, Catherine Hebson and Molly Paris led the way (for us).”
On the boys’ side, Falmouth’s five-year reign ended as the Yachtsmen (175 points) finished runner-up to York (184). Greely (86) was third.
Falmouth got wins from Jacob Buhelt in both the 100 (11.24) and 200 (22.84), Tim Follo in the two-mile (10:07.33), Reid Pryzant in the 110 hurdles (15.69). Patrick Thornton in the pole vault (10-6), Ryan MacDonald in the discus (115-4), Matt Kingry in the javelin (163-1) and its 400 relay (45.11).
Runners-up included Grant Burfeind in the 100 (11.63) and Pryzant in the 300 hurdles (41.8).
Follo finished third in the mile (4:30.44). Pryzant was also third in both the long (20-1.25) and triple jumps (39-4.25). MacDonald finished third in the shot put (43-1.5). Andy Clement placed third in the 300 hurdles (45.75). Ryan Tartre was third in the high jump (5-8). Evan Eklund came in third in the pole vault (10 feet). Conor McGrory finished third in the two-mile (10:18.39). Colby Howland was fourth in the two-mile (10:23.83). Thornton placed fourth in the pole vault (10-0) and sixth in the triple jump (38-2.25). Kingry finished fourth in the 100 (11.84). Burfeind finished sixth in the long jump (19-1.5). Andy Roukey was fifth in the racewalk (10:25.48). Aaron Rogers placed fifth in the long jump (19-9). Sam Reed finished sixth in the racewalk (10:59.49). Henry Briggs had a sixth-place finish in the mile (4:36.29). Spencer Brown finished sixth in the 800 (2:05.86). Jimmy Polewacyzk had a sixth-place showing in the 400 (54.83).
The Yachtsmen placed third in the 1,600 relay (3:48.52) and fourth in the 3,200 relay (8:45.89).
“I thought we could make it close on the boys’ side,” Paul said. “Jacob Buhelt, Reid Pryzant, TimFollo, Ryan MacDonald, Matt Kingry and Grant Burfeind, along with others, made important contributions.”
Greely got wins from Nestor Taylor in the 800 (2:00.91) and Nick Maynard in the long (20-7.25) and triple (39-7.5) jumps.
James Ferrar was runner-up in the shot put (44-1.5) and fifth in the discus (106-3). Liam Campbell placed third in the 800 (2:01.61) and fourth in the mile (4:34.64). Maynard finished fourth in the high jump (5-8). Will Jackson came in fifth in the 300 hurdles (49.22). Chance Carr was fifth in the 110 hurdles (18.2). Nathan Madeira was fifth in both the mile (4:34.67) and two-mile (10:40.32). Nick Sprague placed sixth in the javelin (128-4). Stefan Sandreuter finished sixth in the two-mile (10:44.93).
The Rangers were runners-up in both the 1,600 (3:40.29) and 3,200 (8:32.49) relays and placed third in the 400 relay (46.77).
“Both the girls and boys gave good efforts at the WMCs,” said Greely coach John Folan. “The results were sort of glass-half-full. There were some stellar performances and some mishaps. We’d like to think that the next meet will be an improvement in results based on the same outstanding efforts.”
In Division II, the North Yarmouth Academy boys had 128.5 points to finish a distant second to Sacopee Valley (211). Yarmouth (56) finished fourth, while Freeport (53) was fifth.
For the Panthers, Alex Coffin took the 800 (2:03.27). Evan Kendall captured the two-mile (10:41.22). Cam Regan was first in the pole vault (11-6). Cam Rayder was tops in the shot put (49-00.50). Kevin Schwarm took the racewalk (9:00.34).
Rayder was also second in the discus (125-2), fifth in the 100 (11.97) and tied for fifth in the high jump (5-2). Ryan Salerno was second in the javelin (142-2). Rudy Guiliani was runner-up in the mile (4:38.26). Jake Burns came in second in the 300 hurdles (42.81) and was third in the 110 hurdles (17.31). Regan also finished third in the 800 (2:05.97). John LeBlanc came in fourth in the mile (5:02.19). Michael McIntosh had a fourth-place showing in the 200 (24.02). Kendall was fifth in the pole vault (10 feet). El Tayeb Dahia finished fifth in the 400 (56.59). Robert Field was fifth in the javelin (118-1). Brian Trelegan came in sixth in the 800 (2:09.94).
The Panthers were runners-up in the 400 relay (46.5) and came in third in the 1,600 relay (3:37.41).
Yarmouth got victories from Chris Knaub in the javelin (179-7) and Ben Decker in the mile (4:37.4).
Lucas Davis was runner-up in the 100 (11.73) and third in the 200 (23.99). Wes Crawford was third in the mile (4:39.39). Thomas Robichaud came in fourth in the 800 (2:08.19) and fourth in the pole vault (10 feet). Darren Shi placed fifth in the shot put (35-1.5).
The Clippers came in third in the 3,200 relay (10:22.49).
For Freeport, Harrison Stivers took the 400 (52.06) and the 3,200 relay team also came in first (8:38.08). Taylor Saucier was runner-up in the 800 (2:03.76). Mason Cyr came in second in the two-mile (10:48.8). Nick Sweet was third in the two-mile (11:14.01). Victor Skorapa placed fourth in the two-mile (11:34.58). Zach Merrill was fifth in the 800 (2:08.53). Mark Donahue finished fifth in the mile (5:02.29). Ethan Roney was sixth in the two-mile (12:03.86).
The Falcons were fifth in the 400 relay (50.30).
In the girls’ competition, Freeport (100) was second to Traip (148). NYA (76.5) placed third, while Yarmouth (63) finished fifth.
The Falcons got wins from Elly Bengtsson in the mile (5:44.32) and Kelsey Grant in the javelin (93-4).
Grant was also runner-up in the 200 (28.92) and third in the 100 (13.6). Ciera Wentworth was second in the mile (5:49.79). Hayley Steckler was third in the 200 (29.15). Katie O’Neil placed third in the 400 (1:07.18), fourth in the 200 (29.36), fourth in the long jump (13-7) and fifth in the 100 (14.17). Abigail Mahoney finished third in the two-mile (14:22.61). Abby Roney came in fourth in the 100 (14.13). Emily Martin came in fourth in the 800 (2:41.77). Anna Brown placed fifth in the 400 (1:13.54). Olivia Bubar was fifth in the two-mile (15:34.89).
Freeport was second in both the 400 (55.49) and 1,600 (4:27.63) relays.
NYA event winners included Hillary Detert in the two-mile (12:52.17), Moira Lachance in the high jump (4-8) and Muriel Adams in the discus (90-7).
Jae Yeon Jeon was runner-up in the racewalk (12:52.6) and sixth in the javelin (57-5) Hannah Austin was runner-up in the two-mile (13:26.83) and had a fourth-place showing in the mile (5:58.28). Jillian Bjorn-Caron was second in the 100 hurdles (18.2) and fourth in the 300 hurdles (56.29). Kayla Rose was third in the shot put (25-10.75). Meagan O’Leary tied for fifth in the high jump (4-2). Hadley Gibson was sixth in the 800 (2:45.56). Adams came in sixth in the shot put (24-00.50).
The Panthers were fifth in both the 400 (58.88) and 1,600 (4:58.45) relays.
For Yarmouth, Megan Smith won the pole vault (7-6) and Abby Vogel was first in the shot put (32-3.5).
Jocelyn Davies was runner-up in the high jump (4-8). Fiona Clarke finished second in the 800 (2:40.31). Gina Robertson placed second in the discus (65-9) and third in the javelin (80-4). Molly Walsh came in third in the 300 hurdles (55.95) and sixth in the 100 hurdles (20.13). Vogel was fourth in the discus (64-9). Sydney Sperber placed fifth in the mile (6:05.84).
“I thought some of our kids really responded,” said Yarmouth coach Hank Richards. “We had the advantage of hosting the meet and being used to the facilities. Despite the hot weather, the kids had 22 season-best performances.
“We will be sending 12 individuals to states. Leading the way is Jocelyn, who currently ranks No. 1 in the high jump with a height of 5-2. The heat was a factor at the WMC meet, but she will be ready for Saturday.
“Chris is seeded second in the javelin. He’s looking to break the 180 foot-barrier and will contend for the top spot. Lucas Davis has been a leader all spring and will compete in the 100 and 200. The key will be to get through the semis in the 100 and then anything goes in the final. He’s capable of running faster and may surprise a few people, Wes Crawford had a breakthrough at the WMC meet eclipsing the 4:40 barrier (4:39.39) in the mile. His times have improved every week and a faster time at states is expected. Wes qualified in the 800 and two-mile as well but will just run the mile. Ben Decker will tackle the two-mile where is seeded fifth. He is within four-seconds of the second seed time and within 20-seconds of the top seed. Anything can happen in the two-mile and Ben is a tough competitor that does not like to lose. Tom Robichaud had season-best performances in the both the 800 and pole vault at the WMC’s. The meet schedule is favorable with the pole vault being the first event. Many times this season, Tom was faced with both events interfering with each other. We’re looking for a fast time on Saturday as he seems to be peaking at the right time.
“Abby Vogel turned some heads at the WMC meet improving over four feet in the shot-put. She’s seeded sixth overall, but we know she can throw further. She changed from the glide to the spin and is still working on the new technique. I would not be surprised with another big improvement.
“The rest of the crew are Emma Pidden, Lily Daggett, Gina Robertson, Meagan Smith and freshman Fiona Clarke. Clarke qualfied on Tuesday with a breakthrough perfomance at the Central Maine Freshman Championships.”
Falmouth, Greely and Yarmouth take part in the Class B state meet Saturday at Mt. Desert Island.
“At states, we feel the girls can score in spots,” said Paul. “Obviously, Jenna is the strongest. Hopefully we can pick up points from the others in the sprints, jumps and distance. We had a bunch personal bests at Yarmouth and I think we can build on those. On the boys’ side, we are in the fight. York appears to be the team to beat. Waterville is still strong. Our quality is still going to score. If we can add to what Buhelt, Pryzant and Follo should do, we will be in good shape. Our relays may become more key and we do have potential to score in every area.”
“The Waterville, York and Falmouth boys will stage an epic battle for state meet points,” Folan said. “The Waterville girls will be very hard to defeat at the same meet. The Greely girls will come ready to play, however. We hope to establish season bests in many events, and see where that leads us.”
Freeport and NYA will compete in the Class C meet at Cony High School in Augusta.
Greely’s Abby Bonnevie won the pole vault competition by clearing 9 feet, 6 inches.
NYA’s Cam Regan was first in the pole vault, clearing 11 feet, 6 inches.
Falmouth’s Charlotte Cutshall took first place in the long jump, with a top leap of 16 feet, 2 inches.
Yarmouth’s Jocelyn Davies was runner-up in the Division II high jump (4 feet-8 inches).
NYA’s Cam Rayder won the Division II shot put with a top heave of 49 feet, 0.50 inches.
Greely’s Nick Maynard won the long jump with a top jump of 20 feet, 7.25 inches.
Greely’s Nestor Taylor (front) and Liam Campbell finished first and third respectively in the 800.
Falmouth’s Tim Follo won the two-mile crown, finishing in 10 minutes, 7.33 seconds.
Falmouth’s Reid Pryzant came in first in the 110 hurdles with a time of 15.69 seconds.
Falmouth’s Jenna Serunian was the champion of the shot put, with a top heave of 39 feet, 6.5 inches.
Yarmouth senior Chris Knaub unleashes the javelin during Saturday’s Western Maine Conference championship meet. Knaub won the Division II title with a top throw of 179 feet, 7 inches. That was more than 37 feet better than the runner-up.
Greely’s Jessica Wilson races toward a first-place finish in the 800. The Rangers won the conference crown as a team.